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a short splint or plastic bandage designed to immobilize a fracture and prevent overriding of the ends of a fractured bone, usually supplemented by a longer splint to fix the entire limb. Most commonly used for repair of fractures of the humeral shaft, where it is used to maintain the two ends of a fracture in alignment.
Etymology: L, coaptare, to fit together; ME splinte
a small splint fitted to a fractured limb to prevent overriding of the fragments of bone during adjustment of the fracture. A longer splint usually covers the small one to provide more support and fixation of the entire limb.
co·ap·ta·tion splint(kō'ap-tā'shŭn splint)
A short splint designed to prevent overriding of the ends of a fractured bone, usually supplemented by a longer splint to fix the entire limb.
A small splint adjusted about a fractured part to prevent overriding of the fragments of bones. It is usually covered by a longer splint for fixation of entire section.
See also: splint